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  • Who is eligible for a corneal transplant?
    A patient is evaluated to determine if he is suitable for a transplant. The patient needs to be affected by considerable cornea deterioration and damage to become eligible for the procedure.
  • How does cornea become opaque?
    1. Infection
    2. Iatrogenic (improper post-operative care after surgery or malpractice)
    3. Injuries
    4. Malnutrition
    5. Congenital / hereditary
  • How will I know if I have corneal deterioration or damage?
    In case your cornea is affected, you will be unable to see clearly, and you will have a cloudy vision.
  • How long will the surgery take place?
    Though you will be in the operating room for 1 – 2 hours, the actual surgery will be performed in less time.
  • Will there be discomfort after the surgery?
    The eye will be red, sensitive to light and irritated post surgery. There may be a slight discharge, and you may experience increased tearing. Medications will be prescribed to control the discomfort during the first few days after the corneal transplant surgery.

  • Will I require eye drops?
    Eye drops and ointment will be prescribed to prevent graft rejection and also quiet the inflammation.

  • Will my vision change after the surgery?
    Usually, your vision will be blurred after the surgery. As healing will take place, it will gradually improve. As the healing of the eye takes place and the sutures are removed, the cornea’s shape changes. Therefore, the surgeon will wait for 3 to 12 months before he prescribes new lens for your glasses.

  • Who are donors?
    Donors are individuals who have agreed to donate their organs prior to their death.

  • Who can be eye donors?
    There is no age-limit for donating eyes. All one needs is to pledge the eyes although people who die due to unknown causes cannot become donors. Deaths attributable to infections such as syphilis, rabies, septicemia, infectious hepatitis and AIDS also make the eyes useless for a cornea transplant.

  • Who is to be contacted to donate eyes?
    The eyes have to be removed within six hours of the donor’s death, and so, it is crucial that friends and relatives of the donor get in touch with the nearest eye bank at the earliest.


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